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White-Eyes: Zosteropidae

Physical Characteristics, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Japanese White-eye (zosterops Japonicus): Species AccountGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, WHITE-EYES AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS


White-eyes are found widely in sub-Saharan Africa, southern Asia, New Guinea, Australia, and the smaller islands of the Pacific Islands. They have been introduced in Hawaii and Tahiti.

White-eyes are found in almost every kind of wooded habitat including woodlands, forest edges and canopies (uppermost layer of vegetation of forest, treetops), and bushes within parks and gardens. They are found from sea level to altitudes of about 9,800 feet (3,000 meters).

People often keep white-eyes as pets, often for their beautiful songs. They are considered pests in vineyards and orchards in southern Africa and Australia. However, they are also considered beneficial because they eat aphids and other pest insects.

Of the eighty-six species of white-eyes, six species are considered Critically Endangered, facing an extremely high risk of extinction; one species is considered Endangered, facing a very high risk of extinction; and fourteen species are Vulnerable, facing a high risk of extinction. Two species have recently been classified as Extinct.

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